Culture – Daily News Egypt https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:57:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Meet the Nubian woman working on raising Koreans’ awareness about Pharaohs https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/20/meet-the-nubian-woman-working-on-raising-koreans-awareness-about-pharaohs/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:45:27 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705554 I want to change mainstream ideas in both countries, says El-Demerdash

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The day Nour El-Demerdash stepped inside the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality, she opened her eyes about the glory of the ancient Egyptian civilisation, sensing many people’s ignorance across the world about it. She made up her mind into raising awareness about this shining, captivating world to as much people as possible, especially those who have not heard of it before. She could not find anything better, but her passion with Korean language to open the knowledge window to those who have not been aware of this world before.

Nour in her mid-twenties was the only Egyptian, and one of only three people from Africa, who won the Korean language speaking contest, which qualified her to visit Korea for ten days in which she kept telling the people about where she comes from.

“I have always been passionate with South Korea; its language, culture, and food. However, the more I dug into its culture, the more I knew that Koreans barely know anything about Egypt. So, I decided to combine the two things I love the most in life, which are ancient Egyptian and Korean civilisations under one umbrella of raising Koreans’ awareness about our Pharaohs,” El-Demerdash told Daily News Egypt.

Dressed as a pharaonic queen with a long black gown and the famous golden crowns, Nour spent her days talking to people about the ancient Egyptian civilisation, the beliefs of kings and queens, and the burial chambers and tombs.

“When I say ‘Egypt’, most people did not know the location of the country. It was not until I said the Pyramids, when they started acknowledging it. Even then, they thought that the Egyptians are still living in the desert and use camels for transportation!” she described.

El-Demerdash was astonished to face the look people had down at her. With her “weird looking attire,” she was firstly thought as “a refugee who has no clothes or a beggar.”

However, her warm smile, determination, and consistency led dozens of people to stop and listen to her, as she described Egypt’s most famous touristic places, and the sunny weather to enjoy in the country.

The Egyptian souvenirs added a charm to her promotional efforts, which was met with huge success after few days.

“I took a large number of post cards, small statues, and papyrus papers, to leave something behind with every person I talked to. I even wrote behind every post card the name of the touristic place in Korean in order to encourage people to google these places,” she joyfully added.

It was not so long after digging in the Korean culture that the Nubian young lady noticed its quite closeness to her own culture, and that both countries are not culturally that far away from each other like most people may think. This is when she decided to also hold the flag of her heritage as a Nubian Egyptian woman, and wear El-Jerjar and expose it to Koreans, telling them about her hometown.

El-Jerjar is the traditional Nubian female costume. In Nubian culture, El-Jergar is a long-tailed dress. According to their belief, the dress’ tail has to be long enough to reach the ground beneath the girl who’s wearing it, in order to erase her foot trace. That way, no one knows the places she heads to or where she lives. Nubians believe that this is a form of protection and privacy.

Their culture also imposes that El-Jerjar has to be black. However, it can be transparent in order to reveal the colourful dresses worn underneath.

“The dress led number of people to ask about it, So I explained more about the Nubian culture, and where I came from,” she said.

In her stay, Nour focused on changing the mainstream idea, the Koreans have about the Egyptians.

“Most of those who were aware of Egypt, previously met annoying Egyptians who did not respect their privacy or robbed them. That exceeded my determination in fixing the idea some mistakenly portrayed before,” she added.

El-Demerdash currently got a scholarship to study Korean cultural from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), in which she focuses on studying the similarities between Egyptian and Korean music, as “both genres are focusing on drums as the main rhythm.”

Currently, El-Demerdash is helping Egyptians who are interested in learning Korean language through free courses to teach them alphabets and numbers.

“As I focused on raising Koreans’ awareness of our ancestors, I want to help the spread of the culture I love the most in Egypt,” she explained.

With the help of some colleagues, they roam governorates when they hold classes at public parks to teach groups the Korean language.

“At the end, I want to change the mainstream ideas in both countries, and bring both sides closer,” she concluded.

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Four plays performed for free at Theatre House https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/20/four-plays-performed-for-free-at-theatre-house/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:21:09 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705551 The four shows participate in the official competition of the festival which kicked off on Saturday, running until the end of the month. All plays tackle social aspects of everyday life and people’s struggle in the Egyptian society.

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The Theatre House opens its doors to public on Tuesday presenting four plays for free, celebrating the 12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival.

The four shows participate in the official competition of the festival which kicked off on Saturday, running until the end of the month. All plays tackle social aspects of everyday life and people’s struggle in the Egyptian society.

Shebak Maksor (A Broken Window) is one of the shows taking place at the theatre. The play tells the story of a working-class family that live in a house with a broken window which they do not afford to fix. Throughout the plot, the play discusses the struggles of the working class in Egypt, and the ways they try to overcome the financial challenges as they try to fix the window, and the circumstances they face throughout the period of which the window was broken.

The play is produced and performed by El Taliaa theater troupe.

Noh Al-Hamam (The Pigeons’ Whipping) is another play that is being performed at the theatre. It tells the story of Watany, a man from Upper Egypt, who went missing, changing the lives of the people connected to him as they were severely affected with his absence. The play is also produced by El Taliaa and was met with success over the last few months.

Al-Hadtha (The Accident) and Beit Al-Ashbah (The Ghost House) is also among the plays to be performed for free at the theatre.

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Veteran Lebanese singer Elissa retires protesting music scene  https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/20/veteran-lebanese-singer-elissa-retires-protesting-music-scene/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:17:00 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705543 The 45 year old star said so on her official Twitter account adding that she is putting all of her efforts in her latest albums. She also cited difficulty in being “productive” as a reason for the shock retirement.

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Prominent Lebanese singer, Elissa, announced her retirement right after the release of her next album, while criticizing the mafioso nature of the music scene.

The 45 year old star said so on her official Twitter account adding that she is putting all of her efforts in her latest albums. She also cited difficulty in being “productive” as a reason for the shock retirement.

“I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career. I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can’t work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can’t be productive anymore,” she tweeted.

The romance music icon recently captured people’s heart after announcing her battle with breast cancer, through her video clip Ella Kol Elle Byheboni (To all Those Who Love me) in which she announced winning the battle while raising people’s awareness about breast cancer. 

Elissa won the World Music Award for being the Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist. Since the early 1990s, when her career started, she enriched the world with dozens of songs that have been an inseparable part of the modern music scene.

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Disney to recreate Home Alone trilogy https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/19/disney-to-recreate-home-alone-trilogy/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:06:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705403 The streaming platform is to be available in the United States in November, for almost $7 per month, with an expansion plan in Europe. 

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For most of the 1980s generation, growing up watching Home Alone film series has been an inseparable part of their childhood. Spending hours following the unbeatable plan of the 8-year-old Kevin McCallister who was left alone during the Christmas holiday at the family’s giant house to combat a robbery by two thieves, has been the ultimate joy for millions of children worldwide. Almost 30 years after its release, Disney announced recreating the sequel but this time in a TV show to be aired on Disney+, the company’s new TV screening marketplace.

The streaming platform is to be available in the United States in November, for almost $7 per month, with an expansion plan in Europe. 

The planned show focuses on the family movie as a start, with an expansion plan that reaches out to most of comedy family films that marked huge success at their cinema screening.

Disney’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger told AFP, “Disney was focused on leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles… for example reimagining ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Night at the Museum,’ ‘Cheaper by the Dozen,’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ for a new generation on Disney+.”

He added, “nothing is more important than getting this right.”

No details about the acting stars were announced, neither if the new reboots are scripted to be films or TV shows.

Disney also announced rebooting the hit film trilogy Night at the Museum, which has grossed over $1.35bn worldwide.

The rebooting versions are to be screened on Disney+ service as a part of its original content. The new platform will also screen hundreds of superhero films that are produced by Marvel Studios, owned by Disney.

Disney+ will offer its audience 300 movies including its “Star Wars” as well as Pixar and Marvel titles.

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Jennifer Lopez evokes Egyptian outrage post her North Coast performance https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/19/jennifer-lopez-evokes-egyptian-outrage-post-her-north-coast-performance/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:06:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705370 With the event's scale in mind, JLo's fans in Egypt raced to buy the relatively-expensive tickets and before long the highly-anticipated night took place.

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Dubbed as a global sensation, her name is synonymous with bold music, feverish dance routines and a glittering wardrobe. In time for her 50th birthday, the international performer chose to change several gender and age-related stereotypes through a global tour. Between stunning photoshoots and news flashes from her sold-out concerts, Jennifer Lopez (nicknamed JLo) has been a reoccurring topic of interest in global newswires; championed for proving that female performers can maintain a strong career after 50.

A couple of months ahead of the summer season, the Egyptian audience was surprised to learn that the award-winning performer is scheduled to bring her birthday tour to the New Alamein City in The North Coast, Egypt. With the event’s scale in mind, JLo’s fans in Egypt raced to buy the relatively-expensive tickets and before long the highly-anticipated night took place.

Nevertheless, the concert’s repercussions veered away from all expected scenarios. Despite the unquestionable support of the government and the healthy number of attendees, the general public was quick to criticize several aspects of the star-studded night. Between the performer’s controversial choice of wardrobe and her tour’s previous stops, social media attacked the concert and a well-known Egyptian lawyer soon filed for a lawsuit against the singer.

Standing in the heart of contradicting feedback, Rabih Mockbel is an entertainment entrepreneur determined to further push the envelope and change the industry. In two years, Mockbel managed to bring world-class performances such as Uber Haus and Tale of Us for the first time to Egypt. Their success paved the way to further exploration.

“Later, I organized the El Gouna Film Festival’s opening party, Solomun in Sahel Hashish and Black Coffee in Gouna during the dead season of February. At that point I realized that 50% of my work in Egypt is going to focus on this industry; which is events, concerts and activations,” said the Lebanese entrepreneur and founder of Venture Lifestyle.

It was through his expanding portfolio that he got a primary confirmation from a mega sponsor promising interest in bringing a big international performance to Egypt. “I previously worked with Jennifer Lopez and her team in Abu Dhabi; when my team used to work on the Ferrari F1 events with Mubadala,” explained Mockbel.

While tickets were selling out fast and everyone was eager to express pre-concert excitement on social media, few digital campaigns asked the public to boycott the concert given the fact that JLo performed at Tel Aviv only weeks before her Egyptian concert. The campaign went viral. Even though it did not seem to slow down the sales, it already put the event on the negative side of the news.

“What people do not know is that this date was assigned four months in advance, we had no clue at the time that this date will coincide with the day of Arafat. In parallel, the performer’s team chose the date according to the tour’s stops.” Mockbel added “we were determined to address our keenness on not being directly before or after Tel Aviv. The team put effort into plugging in two cities between Tel Aviv and New Alamein; she visited Malaga and Antalya in the middle on purpose.”

Despite the resentment online, the VIP tickets sold out three weeks before the event and the Golden Circle sold out three days before the event. “As for the standing tickets, we left it open till the last moment because they were relatively expensive, 150$ for a ticket that only gets you inside the concert without any further perks – we sold 9,000 tickets, which is very good,” announced Mockbel.

On the 9th of August, social media was swamped with videos and pictures from the concert. Reportedly 1000 thought-leaders – including ministers, government officials, celebrities and businessmen – were among the crowd. According to the organizers, 16,000 attendees enjoyed the performer’s repertoire of exotic dance moves and bold outfits. While those on ground praised the world-class performance, those keeping up with the shenanigans through their phones did not seem to agree.

Social media users were quick to compare the American performer’s wardrobe to Rania Youssef’s highly criticized dress from the 40th Cairo International Film Festival’s closing ceremony. The posts questioned why the Egyptian actress was prosecuted and publicly shamed for her choice while JLo was praised. The digital frustration soon encouraged Egyptian lawyer, Samir Sabry, to file a lawsuit against the American celebrity.

“These transparent and nude clothes and the date of the concert is not appropriate at all,” said the well-known lawyer to local media. According to him, her wardrobe choices “violates Egyptian norms and traditions.” Described by Sabry as “naked on stage”, the performer wore the same outfits she previously wore through the tour; including a rhinestone-studded leotard that covers one arm and one leg, which she refers to as her birthday suit.

With that in mind, the performer added one extra outfit to her tour wardrobe as she wore a red ensemble designed by Nagwa Zahran. The ruffled outfit went viral online; however, many were torn between praising the designer for being the first Egyptian to dress JLo on stage and pointing out the outfit’s questionable quality.

“I believe that Lopez is a great iconic star, who has been touring for the past two months with the same wardrobe around the world. You have to either accept who she is or leave her.” Mockbel added “we needed her more than she needed us, we need to be aware of this. Egypt truly needed a similar event. When we all agree on this, we will be at peace with her choice of wardrobe.”

According to Mockbel, Lopez’s team has already been in contact with him regarding the lawsuit; inquiring regarding its seriousness and what it can lead to. “We are planning not to highlight the lawsuit; instead, focus on the success of this event and the positive feedback that we have been receiving from local and foreign attendees. We organized such an event right after a terrorist attack and still, 16,000 people showed up; it is a very big step and message to the world about the country’s level of safety and tourism growth potential,” stated Mockbel.

According to the organizers, they believe that if they ignore the lawsuit for a few days, everyone will eventually forget about it. Nevertheless, social media users have already found another concert-related detail to question. With 98.7 million followers on Instagram, the performer documented each of her previous stops with a dedicated post and few stories. Yet, she has not shared anything regarding her performance in Egypt until this date.

Positioned as an event that is set to bring international attention to Egypt and capitalize on the performer’s popularity, especially on social media – the concert was once again under fire for failing to secure a digital post on JLo’s account.

“Our agreement with JLo does not include online posting. Some countries do pay money for a social media post. Instead, I paid for other activities. Because I do not think we should pay money for such a thing. It is our job as a country to advertise for the event and not her job. She showed up, gave a stellar performance, and even brought her kids along to show them the country; she did her job perfectly,” said Mockbel.

Already looking ahead, Mockbel and his team are ready to move forward. Accordingly, they are already in contact with Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber among others for performances between November and December.

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12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival fuel up public theatre art scene https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/18/12th-national-egyptian-theatre-festival-fuel-up-public-theatre-art-scene/ Sun, 18 Aug 2019 20:09:03 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705286 The theatrical performances, targeting both adults and children, participate in the festival’s main competitions that run until the end of the festival on 30 August.

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Nine theatre shows took place on Sunday, filling all public theatres in shows as a part of the 12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival, which kicked off on Saturday.

The theatrical performances, targeting both adults and children, participate in the festival’s main competitions that run until the end of the festival on 30 August.

The festival is headed by prominent actor Ahmed Abdel Aziz was inaugurated by the Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem at the Cairo Opera House main theatre, under the name of the late veteran artist Karam Metawe’.

Abdel Dayem said at the opening ceremony that this year’s edition sends many noble messages, and celebrates a large number of unique, creative theatre plays.

“I’m quite thrilled with the movement the public theatre is witnessing, that leads to having a number of plays at different governorates. Youth are playing an effective role in bringing creative plays into reality,” she added.

The opening ceremony witnessed the honouring of several veteran artists, including late actor Farouk Al-Fishawy, prominent actress Sawsan Badr, legendary singer Ali El-Haggar, as well as late renowned comedian Mohamed Negm, late theatrical actress Mohsena Tawfik, and director Mohsen Helmy

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28th Citadel Festival for Music and Singing embraces attendees with international troupes https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/18/28th-citadel-festival-for-music-and-singing-embraces-attendees-with-international-troupes/ Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:30:51 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705261 This year’s edition witnesses an increase at the tickets prices, reaching EGP 20 from EGP 15

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The timeworn, colour fading walls of Cairo’s spectacular Salah El-Din Citadel are witnessing the final preparations of one of the country’s biggest, most anticipated music festival. The 28th Citadel Music Festival for Music and Singing which kicks off in the heart of Cairo’s glorious antique palace, opens its doors on Sunday, welcoming attendees to indulge into an artistic voyage, with music from all genres, and origins.

The festival brings musical troupes from all over the world, to perform at the Citadel’s two stages. Over 15 days, the musical fiesta will host 42 concerts for local and international troupes and individuals, some of them mark their first visit to Egypt.

The festival is one of the most significant and oldest events organised by the Cairo Opera House, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Antiquities. It is considered an important cultural event that offers a platform for a diverse group of local artists to showcase their talents.

Egypt’s Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem said the festival is among the ministry’s summer activities that showcase a serious innovation attempts, in line with the country’s sustainable development goals, aiming to enforce the community and raise people’s cultural and artistic awareness.

The 28th edition of the festival comes also to celebrate Egypt’s presidency to the African Union, with the performances of artists from Tunisia, Algeria, Namibia, and Guinea.

“The Citadel Festival for Music and Singing is one of the prominent, and most important art festivals organised by the ministry of culture, that managed to obtain huge publicity, due to its enriching music diversity,” Abdel Dayem said.

This year’s edition witnesses an increase at the tickets prices, increasing to EGP 20 from EGP 15 last year. The increase was justified as a result of the growth in concerts, to reach three concerts per-day instead of two previously.

The ministry also told the local press that the allocated budget of the festival has increased due to the hike of the rent cost of needed equipment.

The Citadel Festival for Music and Singing is considered to be the country’s only festival reasonable ticket prices. The budget-friendly festival attendees reached the 100,000 mark in last year’s edition, and the 28th edition is expected to witness further increase in attendees, due to the diversity in this year’s musical performances.

This year’s edition witnesses concerts for Egyptian singers Mohamed Mohsen, Ali El-Haggar, Medhat Saleh, Hany Shaker, Dina El-Wedidi and Amr Selim band.

From the Middle East, comes the prominent Tunisian singer, Ghalia Benali, and the Lebanese artist Tania Kassis.

Sufi music fans would also have an appointment with the genre’s enchanter, Yassin El-Tohamy.

For the underground bands, Massar Egbari, and Cairo Band are to mark their performance at the festival, and musician Hisham Kharma is scheduled to mark his first participation in the festival.

For the first time in a popular festival, veteran musician Omar Khairat meets his fans at the closing ceremony of the festival, which takes place on 1 September.

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Alexandria’s Summer Opera Festival kicks off Friday https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/15/alexandrias-summer-opera-festival-kicks-off-friday/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:14:57 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705130 During the inauguration ceremony, Abdel Dayem will honour the head of the Egyptian Opera House, Magdy Saber, along with a number of artists who have enriched the musical scene in Egypt over decades.

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While festivals, parties, and concerts reach peak season, Egypt’s Ministry of Culture continues holding summer festivals which give a chance for thousands of people to enjoy all possible music genres. The Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem, is to inaugurate Alexandria’s Summer Opera Festival on Friday at Sayed Darwish Theatre.

The festival kicks off with a number of musical concerts for both prominent and amateur singers. At the timeworn building which has witnessed the glory of the Mohammed Ali’s architecture revolution, the festival aims to spread the classic music among young generations.

During the inauguration ceremony, Abdel Dayem will honour the head of the Egyptian Opera House, Magdy Saber, along with a number of artists who have enriched the musical scene in Egypt over decades.

The minister expressed in a press release her keenness in raising the people’s awareness about all sorts of arts at different governorates, assuring that she targets youth mainly, as “they are the power of the future.”

She added that honouring artistic figures is the country’s payback to their efforts.

Veteran artist Samir Sabry will be among the hounoured artists.

The festival runs until 6 September with 10 concerts for several artists from the Middle East. Tunisian singer Ghalia Bin Ali will be among the performers on 30 August. From Egypt, singers Mohammed Mohsen, Khaled Selim, and Medhat Saleh are planned to meet their fans throughout August with the musician Amro Selim at the piano and his band.

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New Alamein to host Amr Diab concert on Friday https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/15/new-alamein-to-host-amr-diab-concert-on-friday/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:00:55 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705120 The new party venue can accommodate up to 20,000 people in different categories ranging from regular to seated and lounges for corporate and VVIP guests. 

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Egypt Calendar, entertainment event organiser, revealed that the long awaited summer concert of Egyptian singer Amr Diab will be held on Friday 16 August at the Music Arena of Al-Masa New Alamein hotel.

The new party venue can accommodate up to 20,000 people in different categories ranging from regular to seated and lounges for corporate and VVIP guests. 

The super concert has over the years earned the status of being the most prominent landmark in the Egyptian summer music scene, and this year is no exception with fans awaiting new releases from Amr Dian’s latest Album “Ana Gheir” (I’m Unique). 

Egypt Calendar has strategically placed this year’s concert just a week after Jennifer Lopez’s historic performance in Alamein and the mega concert by the international American DJ Russ that had the youth flocking in from all over Egypt and the region. 

Egypt Calendar has set a goal to promote Egypt through big events and concerts. The one-year-old project has gained momentum and made headlines when they hosted “French Montana” in Cairo earlier together with other international names. The “Secret Calendar” with megastars and concerts in the pipeline is yet to be revealed but already this is turning to be one of the hottest summers in the North Cost of Egypt and it is transforming the resort area into the newest trend of the region.

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Restoration of Tanta Museum completed, ready for reopening end-August https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/13/restoration-of-tanta-museum-completed-ready-for-reopening-end-august/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:27:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705056 The museum will also display banners and graphics telling the story of Al-Sayed Al-Badawi, a relative of the Prophet Mohammed, local media said.

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About a year before the gala opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, the Ministry of Antiquities reveals another museum of relics. The ministry announced the restoration of Tanta Museum has been completed and it will be reopened by the end of August after 18 years of closure.

The museum will showcase a total of 8,579 artifacts from various ancient eras; Roman, Greek, and Pharaonic, most notably a statue of Imhotep – the architect of the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara – an icon of Virgin Mary, and a statue of the god Osiris. 

The museum will also display banners and graphics telling the story of Al-Sayed Al-Badawi, a relative of the Prophet Mohammed, local media said.

The museum was built in 1913 as a part of the municipality building in order to be the city’s main museum.

The renovation process included restoring the once timeworn building and the structure, and building two extra showrooms for antiquities.

Waad Abu El-Ela, head of the projects sector at the ministry, explained to Al-Ahram Online that “99% of the architectural work of the museum had been achieved and included the consolidation of the structure, foundations, and concrete columns. The inner and outer walls of the building had been polished and new security and lighting systems installed.”

 

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How Egyptians prepare for Eid Al-Adha https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/11/how-egyptians-prepare-for-eid-al-adha/ Sun, 11 Aug 2019 12:36:58 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704951 During the Eid, families that can afford to sacrifice a ritually acceptable animal (sheep, goat, camel, or cow) do so and then divide the flesh equally among themselves, the poor, and friends and neighbours.

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With only a few days left until Eid Al-Adha comes, celebrated by Muslims throughout the world.

“Since I was born, I used to see my father sacrifice an animal every month and after any successful commercial deal, as a merchant my father used to sacrifice calves not only in Eid Al-Adha, and I inherited this habit from him,” Faten Salah El-Din, the chairman a car agency told Daily News Egypt.

During the Eid, families that can afford to sacrifice a ritually acceptable animal (sheep, goat, camel, or cow) do so and then divide the flesh equally among themselves, the poor, and friends and neighbours.

In that time of the year, Egypt’s streets get filled with sheep, cows and even camels, as the sheep trade flourishes with thousands of Egyptians heavily purchase them. Daily News Egypt’s crew roamed the streets of Egypt talking with people and traders, who spend their days waiting for the season.

However, with the beginning of the economic reform programme in 2016, which affected the prices of different commodities, including meat, Egyptians habits started to change.

Unlike the increase in every commodity price, the prices of sheep are reduced this year, due to lack of demand.

Faten Salah El-Din said that she has been buying calves a long time ago but this year the price has fallen unexpectedly to its lowest rate decreasing by about 30% compared to its price three years ago. The price for the calve three years ago equal s the price of a calve and half this year. She said that the Armed Forces meat outlets have offered cheaper calves which helped to decrease the prices in the market.

Mokhtar said a 35 -year- old engineer said” I work in a Gulf country I used to transfer the money for my family in Egypt to buy “Sakk Al-Odhya” – a sacrifice voucher allowing you to pay the money a charity organisation will do the sacrifice for you – but then I found some organisations in the Gulf countries that allow you to choose the poor you will donate for.”

“I can choose any poor country to donate for its Muslims people, but the price will differ according to the country you choose, for an example the Somali calves are cheaper than the Chinese ones. Last year I choose to donate for Palestinian poor people for $165,” he added.

“The calves’ price has dropped around EGP 2,000 since last year in Minya Governorate, encouraging more people to share calves, a maximum of seven people can share one calve, but as the price decreased this allows people to only share the calve with four or five others,” Hossam, who works as  journalist told DNE.

He added that he had bought sheep this year from Minya governorate, and its price had dropped EGP 1,000 compared to last year.

However the price of calves and sheep decreased reaching 30% lower than last year but the price hikes took it’s toll on “Sakk Al-Odhya,” as it reached EGP 1,940 instead of EGP 890 in 2016, according to Dar Al- Orman, which is considered as one of the organisations responsible for “Sak Al Odohaya.”

Amal Mobada, Fundraising Sector Director, at Misr El Kheir Foundation, explained in an interview with Daily News Egypt that the organisation targets to distribute 2,000 “Sakk” more than the last year to reach 30,000 Sakk, declaring that the price of the Sakk this year is EGP 3,300 for the purchase of 27 kilos which represents a seventh of the sacrifice.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones, we have been waiting for, we are the change that we are seeking,” the former US President Barack Obama. The Egyptian trying their best to cope with the hard circumstances, they struggle to change their habits and consuming behaviours.

Wafaa Abd El-Razek a 55 -year- old housewife said “I used to go reserve a calve in one of charity organisation, for Eid Al-Adha holiday five years ago, this cost me around EGP 2,000, the organization distributed one third of the calve on the poor, then I should decide whether if I will take one or two thirds of the calve, but now it becomes more convenient to buy “Sakk Al-Odhya”, which means I only buy one third of the calve and donate it for the poor, what cost me EGP 1,950.”

Bassam Essa, a sheep trader said “The sheep will cost between EGP 2,700 and EGP 4,200 approximately but we are flexible about the price, customer can choose the sheep they want and give us a deposit, and we will mark that sheep with red colour spray, so the customer can come again to receive the sheep within a week.”

He explained that they sell only Libyan Barki sheep. Despite its expensive price, it is in high demand for its pure meat, adding that “however the sheep’ prices have dropped about EGP 500, recently people don’t prefer buying sheep, as after slaughtering it, the produced neat meat is considered to be less they hope for.”

On the other hand, Marwa Ahmed a 55 -year- old a civil servant said “we used to buy a sheep every year for Eid Al- Adha, but now we stopped this habit, as it becomes more affordable and convenient to only buy meat. We buy 10 kilos of meat as my family consist of 3 people so it is more than enough for this occasion.”

In Cairo’s Nasr City district, Mohamed Kassab, the owner of a local butcher shop, complains that the sales traffic is very weak, despite the price drops in meat prices.

“However the price of meat differ according to its kind whether it calves or lamb, but people equate their consumption to every kind in Eid Al-Adha, if they buy two kilos of calves’ meat in return they would buy two kilos of lamb,” said Kassab.

“In the past, they have customers that would buy 25 sheep but now it is difficult to find a customer who would buy only one sheep. People now try to save every penny they have so they prefer to share in calve rather than buying a sheep as its much cheaper this way.”

According to Kassab the price of the meat is EGP 5 cheaper than last year, but the demands for meat has decreased in the last few years, the customers also have decreased their consumption.

However, camel’s prices have increased reaching EGP 5,000 or EGP 8,000 for “Alqoud” which means the small camel and the price for the old camel is up to EGP 20,000.

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Relocation of Ptolemaic burial chamber from Sohag to New Administrative Capital faces heavy criticism https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/07/relocation-of-ptolemaic-burial-chamber-from-sohag-to-new-administrative-capital-faces-heavy-criticism/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 21:45:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704797 The burial chamber belongs to a nobleman called Toutou and his wife who was a musician for goddess Hathor. It was accidentally discovered in April, during a police raid on an illegal excavation site.

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The Ministry of Antiquities’ decision to relocate the well-preserved Ptolemaic burial chamber stirred a wave of controversy. The tomb, discovered earlier this year, is scheduled to be relocated from Al-Dayabat archaeological site in Sohag governorate to the New Administrative Capital’s museum.

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities announced on Monday that the permanent committee for Ancient Egyptian Antiquities approved the decision to relocate the tomb. The statement added that the ministry already cut the walls of the burial chamber into pieces, in preparation to move them from Sohag to the new museum.

Moustafa Waziri, the Secretary-General of Supreme Council of Antiquities stated in a press statement that the ministry approved the transfer of the well-conditioned tomb from the archaeological site located in Upper Egypt, to a new place in order to save it from being “in an extremely remote location, where it is [currently] isolated, can be subjected to ravage, or robbery.”

The burial chamber belongs to a nobleman called Toutou and his wife who was a musician for goddess Hathor. It was accidentally discovered in April, during a police raid on an illegal excavation site.

Egyptian archaeologist, Monica Hanna told Daily News Egypt that moving the tomb has nothing with archaeology, which is all about restoring the antiquities.

“Relocation of this tomb is a clear violation to the Venice Charter for the restoration of historical places; and what the ministry is doing is all about destroying this antiquity, instead of saving it,” Hanna said.

According to the Venice Charter’s article seven, which Egypt follows, “a monument is inseparable from the history to which it bears witness and from the setting in which it occurs. The moving of all or part of a monument cannot be allowed except where the safeguarding of that monument demands it or where it is justified by the national or international interest of paramount importance.”

Hanna explains that this is not the case of the burial chamber, especially that it is not far away from a populated area in Sohag.

In the press statements, Waziri added that the museum in which the tomb is to be relocated will attract a larger amount of tourists, than the ones the current location does.

“In the New Administrative Capital’s Museum, all of the important figures, and tourists from all around the world will have the chance to see the tomb, which will allow thousands if not millions of people to enjoy it,” he said

However, Hanna’s point of view, that the Ministry of Tourism is the entity responsible for promoting this tomb for tourists, especially that it is in good condition.

The tomb consists of two small rooms containing two limestone sarcophagi as well as a mummy that is still unidentified.

The extraordinary tomb was in good shape and the mummies were well-persevered, as the mission only needed to remove the layers of dirt to reveal the bright paintings covering the walls of the two-room tomb.

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“No More Plastic”: new campaign to clean up most polluted cities https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/07/no-more-plastic-new-campaign-to-clean-up-most-polluted-cities/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 20:13:15 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704700 “Campaign was well received by the people who were not aware of the damage their actions caused”

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While the middle-class families spent their weekend lying on Alexandria’s public beaches under the summer sun to relax their bodies after year-long hard work to save enough money for the annual trip, they would not imagine that the easiest way to get food and drinks during their stay in the coastal city is only through collecting plastic waste from the sea.

Plastic Bah (No More Plastic), is the latest social awareness campaign held by Greenish, which is social businesses aiming to design and implement sustainable environmental solutions. The campaign is funded by the Danish embassy in Egypt, under the umbrella of Egypt’s ministry of Environment.

The name comes from the ancient Egyptian language in which “Bah” means coming to an end or the termination of something.

The campaign targets cleaning the most six polluted ones, with the help of volunteers in each city. The starting cities will include Luxor, Quasir, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharm El-Sheikh, Minya, and Cairo. 

Alexandria’s two public beaches, Al-Dekheila and Baharay, witnessed the campaign’s kick-off last weekend, with dozens of volunteers raising the people’s awareness about the hideous effect of disposable plastics on marine life.

People can exchange collected waste, such as empty bottles, plastic bags, chips bags, and cigarettes butts, with products from beach vendors.

“We have been organising clean-up campaigns for a year now. But every time it is only limited to our volunteers who collect the trash. This year, we aim to make a real difference, through raising awareness of the working class about the real damage their daily acts cause,” said Seif El Ashkar, a member of Greenish’s communication team.

El Ashkar explained that the campaign seeks to achieve a real change in the community through not only collecting the waste, but convincing people to stop their harmful acts.

“With the help of several initiatives that support us in different cities, we target to clean up all of Egypt’s polluted beaches,” he assured.

He further explained that Greenish team provides the volunteers with the required training in order to prepare them to raise the awareness of the people about the issue.

“Before the start of Alexandria’s cleaning campaign, 33 persons from more than six local initiatives were provided with the appropriate training in cleaning the society,” he added.

The team come up with a brilliant idea to get the attention of the people in the targeted areas, creating the so called “Bah cards” that can be used to get food and drinks for free.

“They all want to chill and have fun. By offering them food and drinks for free, they would collect plastic waste relentlessly,” El Ashkar explained.

Hundreds of the beach visitors pilled to exchange the plastic they spent hours collecting with Bah cards in order to get free commodities. The team exploited the time the participants spend lining up to get free stuff for collected wats, to speak with them about the effect the collected plastic waste has on humans’ lives.

“We tried to simplify things as much as possible for them. The main key for changing their attitudes is through telling them the affect it has on them, such as spread of diseases and killing fish that eat plastic bags because they look like jellyfish,” El Ashkar explained.

The campaign was well received by the people “who were not aware of the damage their actions caused.”

“Most of the people coming from lower social class, who usually spend their summer at public beaches are accused of being ignorant and a hopeless case, but what we found was the complete opposite! They are willing to change their attitudes, if they were well educated about the dangers of their actions,” he insisted.

Within a few hours, the team with the help of volunteers managed to collect over a tonne of plastic waste, that were submitted into recycling.

The campaign is to have its next stop by the end of August in Kafr El-Sheih.

The Mediterranean Sea, where Egypt is one of the countries with a 1,050 km coast on it, is one of the most marine environments affected by pollution caused by micro-plastic wastes. The Mediterranean is almost a lake. It has only one narrow outlet in its west, the Strait of Gibraltar, which links it to the Atlantic Ocean.

Five main countries get rid of their plastic waste in the Mediterranean: Turkey with 144 tonnes per day, Spain (126), Italy (90), Egypt (77), and France (66), according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in June 2018.

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Russian artist captures otherworldly beauty of Earth’s oldest lake https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/06/russian-artist-captures-otherworldly-beauty-of-earths-oldest-lake/ Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:00:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704601 Makeeva decided to capture the UNESCO World Heritage listed-lake during the spring season when the lake is freed from ice, and seals bask in the sun when the rosemary blooms.

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Kristina Makeeva, a Russian photographer went on a trip to Earth’s oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1,700 m) lake. Lake Baikal, situated in south-east Siberia.

Makeeva decided to capture the UNESCO World Heritage listed-lake during the spring season when the lake is freed from ice, and seals bask in the sun when the rosemary blooms.

Known as the ‘Galapagos of Russia’, it contains 20% of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater reserve, its age and isolation have produced one of the world’s richest and most unusual freshwater faunas, which is of exceptional value to evolutionary science.

The lake is home to around 60,000 freshwater seal population, is reducing in numbers due to hunting, poaching, and pollution.

Ice on Baikal is there till May. But in April no one drives on it. The bubbles in the ice are developed from the gas methane that is produced by algae. The only river in the world that flows from the lake is the Angara that flows from Baikal. All other rivers flow into the lakes.

The lake has its own legend, which claims that the ‘Father’ of Baikal had 336 rivers – sons – and one daughter – Angara. All sons were flowing into Baikal to restock the water, but the daughter fell in love with Yenisei (one more river in Russia) and started to take everything from the father’s water to her lover. In response, the father Baikal threw a huge rock into his daughter and cursed her. This rock is called Shaman-Stone, and it is situated in the springhead of Angara and is considered to be it’s beginning. Baikal is the most beautiful place in the world.

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Egypt’s Ministry of Culture purchases some of L’Orientaliste’s rare literature gems https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/06/egypts-ministry-of-culture-purchases-some-of-lorientalistes-rare-literature-gems/ Tue, 06 Aug 2019 12:30:43 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704602 Country exterts maximum possible effort to save the treasures that shape the nation’s identity, says Abdel Dayem

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Almost eight months after the death of the veteran artist Hassan Kamy, Egypt’s Ministry of Culture managed to obtain a collection of rare books, that were at the L’Orientaliste (Al Mustashrek) Library previously owned by Kamy Downtown.

The Library is known for having a huge collection of Egypt’s rarest, one of a kind, authentic books. Following the announcement of Kamy’s lawyer claiming that he had purchased the collection from the late artist before his death.

On Sunday, the ministry announced in a press statement that it managed to obtain the collection, which consists of 86 rare books, stamps, and inscriptions.

The announcement came after months of negotiations with the new owner to settle for the financial cost. A committee headed by the director of the Egyptian National Library and Archives, Hisham Azmy, handled the negotiations to return the literature gems into the public authorizations.

For her side, the Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem stated that Egypt has a huge cultural heritage as one of the ancient civilisations, assuring that the country exterts the maximum possible efforts to save the treasures that shape the nation’s identity.

Abdel Dayem added that the obtained belongings reflect Egypt’s several historical eras.

The collection included original authentic books like “Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt during the campaigns of General Bonaparte in that country,” by the French writer Vivant Denon that he wrote in 1803, as well as “Histoire de Jérusalem”, a religious and philosophical study, by the French writer, Poujoulat M., that was crowned by the French Academy in 1840-1842.

“Travels to Upper and Lower Egypt” is another rare book written by the French naturalist, Sonnini de Manoncourt in 1799, and “Histoire de Mehemet-Ali,” a book chronicling the era of Mohammed Ali, by Paul Mouriez who documented all the living conditions at that era, with handwritten portraits included at the book.

The ministry also purchased several volumes of a rare book titled “Wasf Masr” (Description of Egypt) of which only a few copies exist in the whole world.

The acquired books represent only a small portion of the library’s huge treasures which include, the five parts of the Scottish traveller’s James Bruce 18th century book in which he detected and documented the origins of the Nile, according to one of Kamy’s friends.

Also, the local media stated that the library contains around 40,000 books and portraits.

L’Orientaliste contains some remains of several rare atlases, one of which is “Atlas Generale“ which its other copies were burned in France during WWII. The 19th-century old library was built by the hands of a Jewish traveller who wanted it to be a source of rich information for world travellers.

Kamy passed away last December at the age of 82, leaving behind a rich legacy of artistic heritage.

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Nostalgia features Egyptian cinema’s icons dressed like Disney characters https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/06/nostalgia-features-egyptian-cinemas-icons-dressed-like-disney-characters/ Tue, 06 Aug 2019 12:00:37 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704588 “It is not only about finding a proper photograph, but also matching the pose, composition, and scale,” says artist

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Growing up watching the black-and-white films of Egyptian cinema’s golden era, they left an engraved mark at the soul of the young digital artist Mohamed Gaber. He merged the beauty of Egypt’s most popular stars and the world of fairy tales of Disney, creating his special digital visualisation artwork, Nostalgia.

Presenting the legendary singer Abdel Halim Hafez, as the lovable charming Alladin, and the short-haired, angelic face star Shadia as Snow White, Gaber recreated the lifetime heart-carved characters as some of the most famous figures from the 1950s and 1960s.

Gaber dug deep into the world of enchantments and the Egyptian reality which is always portrayed in films as the world of fantasies, representing the golden cinema stars in Disney’s most cherished characters.

In a two-part series, he took the world into a trip to an Egyptianized version of the international films.

“I always wanted to create a project about the golden cinema’s superstars, yet it was not completely shaped in my mind,” Gaber said. “These films took me into a magical and attractive world, that no matter how long I stay away from, I find myself having the most possible joy while re-watching them.”

Driven by his passion of those stars, the 35-year-old believes they were more of fairy tale heroes, from his point of view, which led him into portraying cinema stars as Disney characters.

Nostalgia consists of two sets; one for male stars and the other for females. Each set presents artists dressed like the Disney characters which look like them in terms of appearance, roles in films, people’s perspective of them.

“I studied the Egyptian stars to find the suitable Disney characters that resemble them,” Gaber mentioned.

Based in Dubai, he spent almost three weeks on each set searching for good quality pictures of Disney characters that match the Egyptian stars.

“Some were quite easy to make, like Soad Hosny as she was always called Cinderella so it was by default featured in this character. This also applies at Farid Shawky who was dubbed Monster of Cinema so was featured as Hercules,” he explained.

However, it was difficult to find the matching character of other stars.

“Most of the stars’ pictures came in bad quality, which required more effort to improve them,” he added.

The process of finding high-quality pictures that match the stars was the biggest “sleep-depriving” challenge Gaber faced in this artwork.

“It is not only about finding a proper photograph; but also matching the pose, composition, and scale. Matching all of these elements in each picture was a real challenge,” he asserted.

Working hard in matching all the elements, did not prevent Gaber from facing icons whom he failed to find a matching persona to, like Ahmed Ramzy. “There is not a certain character that I found matching him, or the characters he always played. He is one of a kind, even in fairy tales,” he explained.

Despite working as a marketing manager which is a totally different field from his hobby, this has not prevented Gaber from mastering his artworks and brilliantly combining those characters.

Gaber is currently working on the third set of Nostalgia, featuring artists requested by fans on social media to add to the artwork.     

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Ancient Roman Empire Senate unearthed near North Sinai https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/01/ancient-roman-empire-senate-unearthed-near-north-sinai/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 23:07:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704137 Discovered building contain three main amphitheatres covered with marble

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A huge Roman Empire building that is believed to be the Roman Empire main senate was unearthed on Wednesday at the Pelusium archaeological site near North Sinai. The site was found by an Egyptian mission in cooperation of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The 2,500-sqm building is made of bricks and limestones. The huge rectangle-shaped building is divided into several open amphitheatres.

The building contains three main amphitheatres covered with marble. Remains of the main caveat were found at the third unearthed amphitheatre, which was made of red brick in a rectangle shape.

The discovery extended to detect streets of the city surrounding the senate.

Moustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated in a press release that the building was discovered amid the geophysical exploration process that has been ongoing since 2005, as part of the project documenting the urban planning of the Tel Farma archaeological site of which Pelusium is a part of. 

Pelusium was an important city, which led it to be Roman provincial capital and Metropolitan archbishopric.

Waziri explained that the place of the building and its architecture detect that it was the city’s main Roman Senate, or the place in which the nation’s representatives used to gather to discuss the matters and the main decisions of the empire.

The building is located in the city’s main street, which was discovered earlier at the current excavation season.

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Art D’Égypte spotlights Al Mu’izz Street’s glory https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/31/art-degypte-spotlights-al-muizz-streets-glory/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:29:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704079 For 2 weeks, hub of Fatimid era’s most luxurious mosques, to witness variety of contemporary art pieces  at open museum along street

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For three years in a row, Art D’Égypte’s targeted mission of celebrating Egypt’s unique artists, and captivating art pieces, was an inseparable part of highlighting the importance of persevering heritage sites that Egypt is known for globally.  This year, the heart-capturing beauty of Al Mu’izz street, and the timeworn glorious buildings of Old Cairo are to be spotlighted at Art D’Égypte’s third exhibition, planned to take place in October.

The exhibition hosts the work of Egypt’s most prominent artists. The alluring showcase platform comes under the supervision of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.

“The exhibition aims to promote Egypt’s central role in contemporary art. The activities include art talks and training workshops”, Art D’Égypte’s curator, Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, said in a press release

The press release adds that Art D’Égypte has organised a series of exhibitions over the past two years with a view of promoting Egyptian art and supporting young artists by creating cooperation opportunities with private organisations concerned with boosting arts in Egypt, and presenting contemporary creations of emerging Egyptian talents to the world. The exhibitions also aim to call attention to Egypt’s modern and contemporary art scene and linking it to the country’s glorious cultural and historical heritage while highlighting the diversity and richness of Egyptian art over the centuries.

For two weeks, the hub of the Fatimid era’s most luxurious mosques, is to witness a variety of contemporary art pieces by a diverse range of passionate local artists who will display their pieces at an open museum along the street.

“This year, we have chosen Al Mu’izz Street, which is an open museum of a magnificent range of mosques, schools and sebil (fountain) structures of impressive architectural designs. The event will feature an interesting mix of activities including art talks and training workshops for emerging talents, students, and art lovers,” Abdel Ghaffar explained.

She added that this is not the first time Art D’Égypte aims to merge contemporary art and ancient history, asserting, “In our first show ‘Eternal Light: A Night of Art at the Egyptian Museum’, works of some of Egypt’s foremost contemporary artists were displayed against the timeless backdrop of ancient artefacts at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Our aim was to connect the history of our past with the vernacular of the present and show the world that Egypt has continued to play a central role in contemporary art and the cultural landscape.”

“In addition, last year, we organised ‘Nothing Vanishes, Everything Transforms’, the second in our successful series of exhibitions. It put on view a collection of artworks by 28 contemporary artists at the Manial Palace Museum in Cairo, which it’s Andalusian, Arab, and Ottoman halls speak of the diversity of Egyptian culture and arts,” she shared.

For the past years, the exhibition succeeded in attracting over 10,000 visitors including 2,000 tourists, and received in-kind donations of preserving and upgrading historic sites where the shows took place, including the lighting systems there.

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Exhibition portrays backstage of late director Mohamed Khan films https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/31/exhibition-portrays-backstage-of-late-director-mohamed-khan-films/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:22:11 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=704073 Third anniversary of Khan’s departure commemorated in 30 photographs

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It was once said that people die only when they are forgotten. When speaking of an artist as glorious as late director Mohammed Khan, his name is far from being gone as his work is here to stay as far as Egyptian cinematic history shall remain. While the veteran director’s name keeps him alive, even if his body is buried, his friends keep remembering him, and he opened a window for people to explore other aspects of him, as cinematographer Said El-Shimy said.

Inside Lamasatt Art Gallery, Khan’s best friend El-Shimy takes visitors on a journey of the unexplored part of Khan’s life as a director. Through 30 photographs, the gallery’s last exhibition Khan commemorates the prominent director’s name for a third time.

In one of downtown’s authentic buildings, the exhibition showcases Khan’s captured moments backstage of some of his films, exploring some of his genuine talents in leading stars to what he wants to portray on camera.

With this exhibition, Khan’s lifetime friend El-Shimy wanted to open a window to young generations in order to dig deep into the world of Khan, knowing about is suffering, dedication, and hard work.

“He put all of his efforts in order to have his films in a final good version that people currently see. Khan suffered a lot throughout his life in order to reach the place he was at,” El-Shimy told Daily News Egypt.

He added that people only know Khan through his films, yet they do not know anything about him as a person, which is the main goal behind the exhibition.

“Younger generations know about this name through the films they see, but with the photographs, and the showcased letter, they get to know the way he dealt with big names in order to bring out of them the on screen acting,” he explained.

The exhibition also witnessed the publishing of two books by El-Shimy, in which he shared with the public the letter he exchanged with Khan about cinema and films throughout the 19 years Khan was in London.

“We discussed a number of films, cadres, and stories. Throughout 19 years, we had an open conversation regarding that art, which deserves to have the appropriate exposure,” he explained.

The exhibition is the fourth of EL-Shimy’s journey in commemorating his friend. It was held last year at the Cairo Opera House, with 40 photographs that saw the light for the first time.

Running until July 31, Lamasatt Art Gallery host 30 camera captures which EL-Shimy found to be appropriate. 

“The showcased photographs were all taken at the backstage of Khan’s most famous films with veteran artists, they were the best that resembled Khan’s relationship off camera” Nada Ahmed, the director of Lamasatt Art Gallery told Daily News Egypt.

Khan was a leading figure of the 1980s realist wave of filmmaking in Egypt, marking a significant period in the history of cinema in the region. He spearheaded the wave along with other directors, with the aim of capturing the everyday life of ordinary Egyptians on the silver screen.

Khan was also known as one of the few filmmakers who gave a voice to female characters, mirroring societal and political changes in Egypt.

Originally Pakistani, he received the Egyptian citizenship in March 2014. Khan closed his eyes for the last time on July 26, 2016.

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Art Jameel launches summer programme teaching children handicrafts https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/29/art-jameel-launches-summer-programme-teaching-children-handicrafts/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:30:49 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703869 The innovative contemporary institution is organising a four-week summer programme free of charge for children in underprivileged areas to learn about Egypt’s traditional arts at the masmerising beauty of Tunis Village in Fayoum governorate.

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As most of the children in rural areas spend their summer either working to secure their school fees or staying at home because they do not afford joining sports clubs, getting enrolled in a summer activity is more of a dream that rarely come true. Learning handicrafts can be very useful to children in underprivileged areas, and Art Jameel planning aims to turns this into a reality.

The innovative contemporary institution is organising a four-week summer programme free of charge for children in underprivileged areas to learn about Egypt’s traditional arts at the masmerising beauty of Tunis Village in Fayoum governorate.

The programme is taking place with the help of Atelier Cairo Art Jameel, which is a platform launched by Art Jameel to support Egyptian entrepreneurship, artisanship, and design, and include the institution’s almuni who organise and run the planned programmes.

At the homeland of the world’s finest, most expensive, unique, and alluring artisans, the programme aims to teach children the basics of Islamic geometry, brass work, printing, pottery, and ceramics.

For four weeks, the programme will engage children in the local community with workshops focusing on the unique heritage of Fayoum, the press release reads.

The selection of Fayoum comes as it is “synonymous with one of the best-known traditions of Egyptian pottery and is a centre of the contemporary ceramics revival in Egypt. Tunis lies on the banks of Lake Moeris in the Fayoum oasis in Middle Egypt, where works of pottery, with motifs reflected in contemporary designs, have been found dating to the pharaonic period, when the modern city of Fayoum was called Crocodilopolis and later Arsinoë.”

The summer handicraft school is the Atelier’s first majot programme, that sees the light in partnership with  Expertise Consulting House (ECH), an Egyptian organisation that provides vocational and entrepreneurship training to underserved communities on behalf of intergovernmental bodies, including the European Union, the International Organisation for Migration, the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. ECH is delivering a major programme in Fayoum under the European Union’s Joint Rural Development Programme.

The programme is not Art Jameel’s first in supporting less fortunate children. It comes the third in a row after two prgrammes that took place with local communities in Old Cairo.

It’s an organisation that seeks focusing on local community families, and improving “underserved communities and to support the preservation of Egyptian heritage.”

According to the press release, the previous two summer programmes took place in last two tears, the first at the historic districts of medieval Cairo: in Al-Khalifa in 2017, in collaboration with the Megawra; and in Al-Darb Al-Ahmar in 2018, in collaboration with Turath Conservation Group, an initiative centred around the historic Bayt Yakan and co-founded by Ola Said, a Jameel House alumna and tutor.

The programme runs until 31 August.

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Refugees in Egypt participate in clean-up of Nile  https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/29/refugees-in-egypt-participate-in-clean-up-of-nile/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:30:13 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703874 Volunteers are from Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Yemen

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Since their first footsteps in Egypt, most of refugees consider the land of the Pharaohs more of a second home. They felt the warm feelings of Egyptians which increased their connections with the country, leading them to organise one of the biggest clean-up campaigns in the middle of July.

Dozens of refugees from five countries took part in a local initiative, Verynile, to clean Nile banks in several areas in Cairo. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provided required equipment for volunteers who spent couple of hours collecting trash.

Veynile, kicked off at the beginning of this year, aims to limit the Nile pollution and find a permanent solution to the problem, so that it cannot be sullied again. The initiative was launched by Bassita, a click-funding initiative known for its social media awareness campaigns, in partnership with Greenish, a business aiming to implement sustainable environmental solutions.

The campaign included 50 volunteers from Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Yemen besides 800 Egyptians.

UNHCR quoted number of refugees, who sated that participating in social community work and enhancing the community they are currently a part of, changes the mainstream idea many people have towards them.

Omar is one of the Sudanese refugees whom were quoted by the UNHCR while removing waste from Abbas Bridge.

“It changes people’s perceptions of us,” he said, adding “Today, volunteers will go back home and tell their parents that refugees from different communities helped them clean the Nile, and this will change their understanding of us to the better,” according to the UNHCR Egypt’s official website.

Egypt houses 247,499 refugees. The 50 participating ones with the help of the other volunteers managed to remove 11.5 tonnes of trash from the Nile, and placed them at the recycling factories.

They take part of the campaign which targets revitalising the longest river in the world, and making it healthy again by removing all the trash which has made the river its home for decades, as well as to get rid of all the industrial waste stagnating in it.

The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aty, previously said that plastic waste is severely affecting the marine life and the river’s eco-system. He added that Egypt annually removes 7.5m tonnes of waste from the River Nile. Abdel Aty added that the ministry has a plan to clean all the water resources by 2037, with an allocated budget of billions of Egyptian pounds.

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El-Dweika’s portable pool: children’s escape from dreadful disadvantage https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/27/el-dweikas-portable-pool-childrens-escape-from-dreadful-disadvantage/ Sat, 27 Jul 2019 06:00:15 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703623 Most of the children living in El-Dweika, one of the big cities’ most underprivileged districts, have not seen any swimming pools in their lives, until Hussein Makbool decided to change the status quo, and place the district’s first ever portable swimming pool.

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Away from the coastal cities, where people spend most of their summer days getting a tan, their feet overwhelmed with beach sand and their bodies covered with salty water, stand millions of Egyptians fighting to earn basic life needs, and having a vacation over any of the coastal cities, even the popular ones, is a far dream to achieve.

Most of the children living in El-Dweika, one of the big cities’ most underprivileged districts, have not seen any swimming pools in their lives, until Hussein Makbool decided to change the status quo, and place the district’s first ever portable swimming pool.

Out of the belief that the residents of EL-Dweika are “buried alive”, Makbool decided to let the children of his area to live the closest thing to other children who spend their summers by the pool, and decided to open what he sees to be more of a happiness gate to children in need rather than a business project.

Through a plastic portable pool, Makbool decided to have the district’s own beach over the roof of one of the buildings made of red brick.

“No one could have imagined the happiness children and families expressed when I first purchased this pool and announced it is open to public. They were over the moon!” Makbool told Daily News Egypt.

Opened every day in summer from noon till night, the pool’s fees vary from EGP 1-3, depending on the affordability of each child.

He explained that the fees required for getting into the pool depend on the children’s capabilities, and some jumps in without paying anything.

“I know that they suffer to get those EGP 2, and some of them would work hard to get them in order to spend a few hours playing in the water. So, money is not that essential for me,” he added.

Every day in the morning, Makbool empties the portable pool and refills it with water. Despite not adding any substance in order to maintain the hygiene of the water, he exerts all of his efforts to keep the water the kids play in as clean as possible.

“We live in a poverty-stricken area; considering to go on a coastal city is not even possible to most of the people living in here, and with very limited sources of entertainment, this pool is the only source of joy these people have,” Makbool asserted.

Twelve-year-old Sayed is one of the kids who regularly visits the pool.

“I have seen the sea one time in my whole life, and that was many years ago. But I come here a lot in order to play with my neighborhood friends in the water,” he said in a hurry before jumping back into the pool.

Every now and then Sayed comes with his friends for a few hours, when they have enough money.

“We usually work for that money,” he added.

All photos taken by Fadel Dawood. 

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Khufu Ship relics transferred to Grand Egyptian Museum https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/24/khufu-ship-relics-transferred-to-grand-egyptian-museum/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 07:30:31 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703373 Antiquities to undergo restoration along with Tutankhamun’s golden coffin

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Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received on Tuesday 10 relics of the ancient Khufu Ship to undergo restoration in preparation for displaying the antiquities during the museum’s opening in 2020.

For decades, the relics were kept in the same place where they were found near of the Grand Pyramid. The transfer of the 10 relics brings the total antiquities belonging to the ship planned to be showcased at the GEM to 852 relics.

The restoration of Khufu Ship relics will be carried out along with King Tutankhamun’s golden coffin, which was also transferred to the GEM last week.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany followed up the transfer process, and witnessed the start of the coffin’s restoration.

Unlike the coffin that was reported to be seriously damaged, the Khufu Ship pieces are in good shape.

The restoration of the young Pharaoh’s golden coffin would last for approximately eight months.

The coffin “suffered a lot of damage, including cracks in the golden layers of plaster and a general weakness in all golden layers,” Eissa Zidan, head of the First Aid Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities Department at the GEM, said in a press release.

A detailed report on the condition of the coffin showed all the damages before its transfer to the GEM’s restoration labs.

Tarik Tawfik, the general director of the GEM, previously told Daily News Egypt that the museum’s restoration labs are open for visits for EGP 200, with a maximum 10 people at a time to enter the lab.

Most of the antiquities planned to be on display at the GEM are currently under restoration preparing for the opening by the last quarter of 2020.

The mega museum will not only host the complete collection of Tutankhamen’s belongings for the first time in history since they were found, it will also display 20,000 antiquities that have been never on display.

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Turning iron scrap into enchanting sculptures https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/24/turning-iron-scrap-into-enchanting-sculptures/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 07:00:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703370 “I used over 6,000 different nuts to portray Nefertiti,” says artist

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The alluring charm of ancient queen Nefertiti always captured the Egyptians’ hearts, and has been featured numerous times in various art works, yet having her face sculptured by iron scraps was a new method of documenting the queen’s beautiful face.

However, the mass attraction Nefertiti’s sculpture amassed, since it was highlighted on social media, opened a window to Hussein’s world which revolves around sculpture made of nothing but recyclable materials. The world Hussein dug into is all about reflecting beauty and making it shine, even if it was made out of trash.

Veteran sculptor Hossam Hussein applied a modern vision of queen Nefertiti using a thousand pieces of iron scrap that he glued together. The sculpture depicts the queen with her calm gaze and the perfectly shaped lips.

Nefertiti’s sculpture – which went viral on social media due to its fascinating detailed artistry of the crown and the queen’s appealing features – took almost four months of continuous intense daily work.

“For the famous statue of Nefertiti, I used over 6,000 sleeve nuts and different shapes of thumb nuts,” he explained.

Yet the model which brought Hussein into the spotlight was not his only captivating sculpture, but rather Hussein’s showcasing of a competitive talent that cannot be missed. 

Hussein usually spends a month or more to finish a sculpture. Yet with the human face details, it takes a longer time.

Growing up fascinated with all sorts of art, Hussein was always fond with sculptures, especially those of celebrities or historic figures.

“I believe art is all about conveying beauty through the simplest way regardless the tool used in art work,” Hussein told Daily News Egypt. Through decades, the sculptor used various materials, such as clay, wood, and finally iron scrap.

I learned iron carving online. It took me only few seconds to try using the new material in my work, he remembered.

Based in Zagazig, Sharqia governorate, Hussein is now one of a few artists in Egypt who master the art of sculpturing by melting heavy steel.

Although those materials are sold quite inexpensively, Hussein’s allocated budget for each model almost triples due to the use of welding substances and electricity.

“Each kilo of iron scraps costs me around EGP 5-7. I usually get them from wholesale traders who usually sell them to recycling factories. They need a lot of work to be used in sculpture,” he added.

Most of the artist’s sculptures are for sale, except very few he considers as “part of his soul.”

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Ministry of Antiquities to investigate video of Algerian fan ‘spiting’ on Egyptian Museum mummy https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/22/ministry-of-antiquities-to-investigate-video-of-algerian-fan-spiting-on-egyptian-museum-mummy/ Sun, 21 Jul 2019 22:42:18 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703213 Video circulated showing Algerian fan spitting on Seqenenre Tao mummy

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The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities started on Sunday an investigation concerning a video circulating on social media showing a tourist “spitting on and insulting” the Seqenenre Tao mummy, placed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The shaky, twelve-second video shows an Algerian man, who was said be a football fan coming to support his team in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, cursing and spitting at the mummy. The video has gone viral, provoking Egyptians’ anger on social media.

The ministry clarified in a statement, which was published on local media, that they started an investigation about the incident, demanding from the Egyptian Museum to check the CCTV footage for the last 72 hours to identify the perpetrator.

Although various news agencies identified the tourist as an Algerian national, the ministry said that the identity and nationality of the tourist is yet to be identified.

The Egyptian Museum is also investigating the issue as using cameras is prohibited inside the ‘Royal Mummies Hall.’

Hundreds of Algerian fans arrived in Egypt last week to support their national team in the 2019 AFCON, which ended up winning the tournament last Friday.

Seqenenre Tao was the ruler of the ancient kingdom of Egypt in the seventeenth dynasty, about 1558 BC. He was called “the brave”, as archaeologists believe he had died in battle from the signs of the wounds present in the mummy.

The mummy was discovered in a royal cache at Deir El-Bahri in 1881, and has been displayed at the ‘Royal Mummies Hall’ since 2006.

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Romanian Empire city unearthed in Alexandria https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/20/romanian-empire-city-unearthed-in-alexandria/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 19:29:34 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703113 Found city includes remains of small theatre, giant royal bathroom, group of 22 lecture halls  believed to be remains of ancient university

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The charming city of Alexandria keeps proving that it is far from finished with its buried treasures that are just waiting to see the light.

Large remains of a Romanian Empire city were discovered on Thursday at Kom El-Deka’s archaeological site through an Egyptian-Polish mission that follows the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Warsaw. 

The city dates back to the period from the 4th to 7th centuries AD. The unearthed remains included a number of residential houses with a number of floors covered with colourful Romanian-style mosaic. 

The mosaic reflects the shapes, designs, and colours that were mainly introduced to people at that era. Kom El-Deka is known to have been one of the most well-off residential area in Graeco-Roman times, with large numbers of villas and spacious gardens. The areas still holds a historical theatre that dates back to the Roman era. 

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in a press release that the colours and design of the discovered mosaic indicate that the houses belong to some wealthy citizens of that era.

He also said that the unearthed mosaic floors assure the widespread use of such a decorative method during the Romanian Empire. He shared that the giant discovered mosaic portrait is to be displayed at The Villa of the Birds, Egypt’s first and only mosaic floors museum, located also in the same archaeological site.

The found city also includes remains of a small theatre, a giant royal bathroom, and a group of 22 lecture halls that are believed to be the remains of an ancient university in the area.

Kom El-Deka is known to be the residential area of the elites of decades. The currently falling apart and neglected, timeworn area was the host of the world’s most prestigious community for a number of continuous eras. 

For his side, the head of the excavation mission, Grzegorz Majcherek, said that the discovered mosaic floor is one of the main, unique highlights the Romanian Empire in Egypt is known for. He further added that it was known to take place particularly at the dining rooms of the Roman houses in Alexandria.

It is made of multi-coloured mosaic that is composed of six hexagonal panels featuring lotus flowers and framed by a circular guilloche pattern. Lotus buds can also be seen in spandrels, the main mosaic floor is considered one of the most luxurious decorations of that era.

He also asserted that the composition, featuring a circle inscribed into a square, exceptionally popular in Roman Egypt, is considered one of the distinctive features of the Alexandrian housing style.

Since the mission’s excavation work started in 1960, archaeologists have been focusing on the Roman era’s still-unknown residential architecture that belongs to the first until the third centuries AD.

So far, the discovered buildings of that period in time are known to be lavishly designed with closely similar patterns to the ones that have been lately discovered.

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King Tut’s golden coffin undergoes first restoration since 1922 discovery https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/18/king-tuts-golden-coffin-undergoes-first-restoration-since-1922-discovery/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 22:12:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=703019 The restoration is expected to take approximately eight months. Then, the coffin will be displayed among Tutankhamun’s collection at the museum set for grand opening in 2020.

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Three days after its transportation to the Grand Egypt Museum (GEM), the famous golden coffin of Egypt’s young Pharaoh Tutankhamun underwent its first ever restoration since it was discovered in 1922.

The restoration is expected to take approximately eight months. Then, the coffin will be displayed among Tutankhamun’s collection at the museum set for grand opening in 2020.

The coffin was in a serious need of renovation as it “suffered a lot of damage, including cracks in the golden layers of plaster and a general weakness in all golden layers,” Eissa Zidan, head of the First Aid Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities Department at the GEM, said in a press release.

According to the press release by the Ministry of Antiquities, a complete report on the condition of the coffin was written showing all the damages before its tranfer to the GEM’s restoration labs.

Mostafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said, “The transportation was made after the approval of the Permanent Committee for Ancient Egyptian Antiquities, especially because it is the first time for the coffin to undergo restoration.”

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Renovation of Egyptian Museum to include installing new lighting, display systems https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/16/renovation-of-egyptian-museum-to-include-installing-new-lighting-display-systems/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:10:49 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702878 The meeting comes to discuss the first phase of the museum’s renovation after the artefacts collection of King Tutankhamun were transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for its opening in 2020.

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Minister of Antiquities, Khaled Anany, met on Tuesday with the directors of the five museums participating in the renovation of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, including the Louvre, the Egyptian Museum of Turin (Museo Egizio), Egyptian Museum of Berlin, the British Museum, and the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, in addition to the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology in Cairo.

The meeting comes to discuss the first phase of the museum’s renovation after the artefacts collection of King Tutankhamun were transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in preparation for its opening in 2020.

Assistant to Minister of Antiquities, Nevine Nezar, said in a press release that the renovation plan includes installing up to date display and lighting systems.

The renovation plan aims to list the Egyptian Museum on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The operations are funded by an EU grant of €3.1m.

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Naguib Mahfouz museum: veteran novelist’s captivating life journey beneath walls of Ottoman empire building  https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/16/naguib-mahfouz-museum-veteran-novelists-captivating-life-journey-beneath-walls-of-ottoman-empire-building/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:20:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702837 Museum located in Al-Gamaleya district, where he lived all of his life, shaped his soul into shining dynamo that brought world irreplaceable literary treasures

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Inside a narrow, unpaved alley in Al-Gamaleya district in the heart of Old Cairo, the glamour of the timeworn, authentic building of Tkeit Abu el-Dahab, overcomes the journey one has to go through in order to reach the targeted gem of the Naguib Mahfouz Museum.

Surrounded by dozens of locals of days long gone are grocery shops, and butchers, and the place shines like a magnetic time machine taking visitors into the legacy of the Ottoman era, and the overwhelming joy of Mahfouz’s treasures.

The once known as Muhammad Bek Abu El Dahab Complex, has been officially inaugurated on Sunday as the museum of the late Nobel winner genius novelist, Naguib Mahfouz.

The antique building is listed as one of the country’s heritage buildings. With the cooperation of both the ministries of antiquities and culture, it was turned into an official museum of the late writer where all  his belongings were put on display.

The Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel-Dayem, inaugurated the museum, with the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, in the presence of a number of foreign ambassadors.

Abdel-Dayem said the museum adds to Egypt’s achievements, in that the displayed items tell the story of Mahfouz, who managed to attract the world’s eyes toward Egypt’s modern art.

Commemorating his name in Al-Gamaleya, the place where he lived in all of his life and which shaped his soul into the shining dynamo that brought the world irreplaceable literary treasures, the Muhammad Bek Abu El Dahab Complex was the best antiquated building to turn into the museum.

Abu El-Dahab was one of the leaders of Egypt’s Ottoman Empire. He was dubbed Abu El Dahab (The father of the Gold) for his known generosity that led him to often distribute gold to the poor and needy.

The building, which was turned into the current museum, is part of a huge complex Abu El-Dahab built, consisting of a mosque, school, a water tub for animals, and residential area like the known Ottoman and Fatimid era’s building designs.

The complex was built in 1774 AD. The process of turning the Tkeit into the museum started in 2006, right after Mahfouz’s death. It took 13 years to have a museum that matches the reputation and international image of Mahfouz. 

The museum is the “Tkeit” building of the complex, which is a three floor residential area for the homeless, and the people who came to Egypt on visits and needed a place to stay.   

For his side, El-Anany praised the museum’s location in the middle of Al-Azhar area, which reflects the true spirit of Old Cairo that stirred the beauty of Mahfouz’ writings, and produced valuable content that had an international reach.

Born, and bred in Al-Gamaleya, Mahfouz’s inspiration was always reflected in his novels, bringing the world one of its most astonishing masterpieces, that chronicled the area of Old Cairo, like Bayn El Kasrain “Between the Two Palaces”, a trilogy that chronicled Egyptian society in the 1920s.

The museum takes visitors into a tour of Mahfouz’s life journey, highlighting the main stops in separate rooms. Renovated with grey and pale navy colours to look like the original form it was built in, the place is filled with his pictures, and his most famous quotes taken from his novels. The quotes describe his perspectives on life, women, society, and art.

All the showcased belongings were gifted from Mahfouz’s daughter, Om Kalthoum, to the ministry of culture, according to Abdel-Dayem.

It contains four main libraries: Mahfouz’s personal library that has the 1,091 books he owned all of his life and spent his time roaming among them, a literary library that offers visitors 119 of the world’s most known and famous literature, a third library of Mahfouz’s 169 art masterpieces, and the fourth is a general one with 165 books in different fields. 

The museum also offers people two workshop halls dedicated to novels, script writing, short stories workshops, and other activities related to writing as well as signing books.

A hall in the museum is dedicated to the medals and awards Mahfouz received in his life, including the most important award, which is the Nobel prize in Literature in 1988.

Mahfouz is the only Arab writer to have ever won the award until this day.

The alley hall in the museum is dedicated to the novels Mahfouz wrote out of Al-Gamaleya district. In his novels, Mahfouz opened a window for readers to explore the alleys of Old Cairo, like Haret El Maqaq, Midaq Alley, Bayen Qasren, and Sugar Street. 

A film of the neighbourhood Mahfouz grew up in is also being showcased at the hall, in order to introduce people to the world Mahfouz opened his eyes to.

As for the biography hall, it welcomes visitors to introduce them to Mahfouz’s family, through a number of pictures of him and his closest siblings.

The bemoaning room holds one of the veteran writer’s most important achievements in Egypt, which is the Nile Necklace he received for enriching the literature scene in the world. 

For those who are passionate about diving deep into the place from which the captivating literature work comes, the manifestation room brings the desk and chair he sat on writing hundreds of books, with the eye glasses he always wore.

The museum also takes people to the journey of the films which were taken from the novels he wrote in the filmographia hall. It displays footage from famous films based on his writings.

The museum documents all the phases of Mahfouz’s lifetime, including his assassination attempt. At the dream of departure hall, there are the incidents of the two Islamists who stabbed him in the neck. They aimed to kill him for his controversial novel, Awlad Haretna (Children of Gebelawi). This led to a permanent disability causing him to be unable to write except for a few minutes every day. 

In 2006, Egypt bid farewell to the one of a kind novelist, as he passed away at the age of 96. 

The museum is open for a month for free.

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Exhibition chronicles contradictory media coverage of life of Egypt’s last queen, Fawzia https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/15/exhibition-chronicles-contradictory-media-coverage-of-life-of-egypts-last-queen-fawzia/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:30:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702743 Local press portrayed her as modern Egyptian woman, Western press presented her as a helpless woman

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Behind mesmerising gazes of Queen Fawzia Fuad, lies thousands of hidden stories that no one knew about until she closed her eyes for the last time.

The coloured, almond shaped, wide eyes of Egypt’s last official princess held the passion of a young woman’s dream of changing the world into a better place. This mirrored the power royal women had.

Over five decades after she was trooped of her place, the queen’s descending life sparked the curiosity of the Egyptian-American 10th grade student, Jana Amin, leading, with the cooperation and supervision of the American University in Cairo (AUC) into the launch of recently open exhibition, “Princess Fawzia: The Duality of Egyptian Womanhood through Western and Egyptian Eyes.”

Held at AUC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library, the exhibition showcases the local and international media coverage the princess received throughout her life, since she was born as the youngest sister of King Fouad, until she passed away four years ago in Alexandria.

The exhibition came to life as a result of Amin’s research at Harvard, Oxford universities, the KEW National Archive in the UK, and the AUC’s Rare Books Library.

Curated by Iman Morgan, an expert at AUC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library and one of the researchers, who helped Amin with the research for over a year, and worked on collecting all the possible journals that were published about Fawzia.

Fawzia’s life media coverage was rich in content. The young royal princess became Queen of Iran at a very young age, as she married Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Local and international newspapers and magazines closely followed the boat of the young couple as it sailed and tied political knots between Egypt and Iran.

“Growing up surrounded by strong Egyptian women, I experienced the disconnect between the women in my own life and those portrayed in the media. I felt strongly that Egyptian women ought to take control of their narrative,” 16-year old Amin said, adding “Discovering Princess Fawzia by mere accident while googling one day, sent me on a journey of discovery, uncovering the fascinating life of this princess.”

The exhibition showcases the contradictory media portrayals the late princess received. While local press portrayed her as a model of modern Egyptian womanhood, western press striped her from her agency, and presented her as a fawn.

The exhibition is divided into four themes, each presented the media coverage of a phase of her long journey; her early life, the two weddings she had; the first with Pahlavi and the second to Ismail Chirine, Egypt’s former minister of defense, and her death.

The exhibition took place on July 4, commemorating Fawzia’s fourth death anniversary, and is running until August 31.

Early life is the name tag of the first showcased timeworn papers. 

The early life section contains the announcement of her birth in the state-run newspaper, Al-Ahram, in 1921, with a number of pictures of her with her siblings playing in Al-Montazah Palace in Alexandria.

The theme also contains pictures of Fawzia with her nannies, and her first favourite teacher. Her stories are shown through a number of local magazines, such as Al-Musawar magazine, which played an essential part in documenting her four life phases.

Among the displayed documents was a letter the princess wrote to her teacher at a young age. In it, she described the love and admiration she has for her, and how she taught her everything she knows in life.

Amid their tremendous efforts in collecting all the possible pictures, and news portrayals documenting the life phases of the beloved princess, the AUC was gifted the coins of Muhammed Ali’s family up until the era she was the queen of Egypt. They were gifted by Mohammed Sadwq, an antique collector.

The second theme, was the one that attracted international media the most, which is her two weddings. Marrying the King of Iran, princess Fawzia had two weddings, one in Egypt and the other in Iran.

Dozens of publications highlighted the wedding of the year, and local magazines followed the tiniest details of the gala event. It was featured as one of the most luxurious weddings in Egypt’s recent history. 

The dedicated cabinets for the theme displayed the royal pictures of the two weddings, the souvenirs which were distributed to the elites and the royal family members, the magazine special issues that chronicled the Iranian diplomatic delegation’s visit to Egypt to request the marriage of Fawzia to the King of Iran, the preparations of the big day, and the journey to Iran where she had the second wedding.

Through the several months of the research phase, the AUC researchers team looked for the siblings of ministers hoping to find anyone who could have attended the wedding and has memories of it.

Curator Morgan believes that this era in princess Fawzia’s life held most of the media attraction despite being discreet.

“Foreign media portrayals wrote the most about her first marriage. They always portrayed her as a helpless woman striped of her agency and wrote that she was sold for political reasons. Magazines only wrote about the marriage as a diplomatic deal for which the princess paid its price, without mentioning her power or determination,” Morgan told Daily News Egypt.

Living for over a year within the stories of the late princess, Morgan believes that these stories were not correct.

“She was a humble woman, yet she was very strong, keen on making a difference in other people’s lives, and empowering women of her country. That was never displayed but in local media,” she explained.

The community work of princess Fawzia was the element that captivated the hearts of the researchers the most, leading to display it as the exhibition’s third section.

Princess Fawzia was focused on educating women in her hometown, and supporting them with the required elements to become fully empowered.

The exhibition chronicled the news of the princess who opened up a number of hospitals and closely followed the food prepared for the patients. It also puts on display a number of pictures featuring the beauty queen as a volunteer nurse in World War II with the army to help wounded soldiers.

“It was not only that she was personally engaged in society, she further encouraged other ladies to follow her footsteps and have an effective role in society,” Morgan added.

The exhibition displayed Fawzia’s dedication in a number of charities such as inaugurating schools for underprivileged young girls.

This period of time synchronised with her divorce from the king of Iran, which Amin found at the KEW National Archive in the United Kingdom.

The fourth section, which brings the last phase of her life to the public, showcased her second marriage after which she started disappearing from public life at her husband’s request.

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